Conflict Management Programme

Conflict Management Programme (CMP)

Maintaining peace and security in Africa is challenging and requires innovative thinking in dealing with the changing nature of security threats. Conflict management requires that all actors, relations, tools and mechanisms are deployed towards avoiding, containing, and terminating conflicts.

Approaches to conflict resolution in the past have often been reactive rather than proactive. The emphasis was on responding to conflicts after they have erupted instead of trying to prevent them from escalating in the first place. The CMP programme targets local, regional and international initiatives aimed at preventing or resolving conflicts with the aid of appropriate tools or mechanisms.

The CMP contributes to empirical based research and training on conflict prevention, resolution and peacemaking strategies.

Its work is designed around two main projects - the Conflict and Conflict Transformation Project and the Fragility and Resilience project.

The former is about understanding conflict issues, actors and their roles in conflicts in West Africa. It also examines conflicts and conflict systems, mediation (multilateral mediation such as the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) interventions in conflicts) and peace Infrastructures. It looks too at mediation efforts at national and international levels, actors, forecasts, analysis and recommendations.

The Fragility and Resilience project identifies some of the key sources of fragility in West Africa and explores frameworks of intervention to address these. It focuses on border management, weapons proliferation and mass atrocities and terrorism, and how these influence state fragility in West Africa. It further examines how states in the sub-region have built their resilience to withstand shocks to their security.

Specific Projects for 2016/2017

Project on Conflict Mapping and Stress Resistance: A comprehensive study of four ECOWAS countries will analyse Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire of the Manor River Union, and Niger and Senegal of the Sahel. The project will map sources of conflict and resilience and produce a compendium of laws in these countries that result in interpretative conflicts. The four reports will be the basis of a KAIPTC workshop for selected participants from each of the countries for an experience sharing and validation process. The study will also be useful in informing policy in the targeted countries.

Japanese Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Project on ‘Strengthening Policing and Arms Control capacities of the Government of Liberia post United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Drawdown’:
This project contributes to wider international efforts aimed at positioning Liberia to better respond to potential security challenges that may arise following UNMIL’s drawdown. It focuses on capacity building in three areas: policing, small arms control, and enhancing the capacities of country security actors. Specifically, these would entail a South-South dialogue capacity building session to enhance opportunities for police officers in Liberia; a SALW baseline survey and arms database project, stockpile management and a training programme initiated in four identified counties in Liberia for county security operatives.

Border Security Management Course: The KAIPTC, in partnership with the Australian High Commission in Ghana, will organise a two-week capacity development-training course on border security management. The course will develop technical competencies as well as highlight integrated approaches to managing transnational security threats and organized crime at ECOWAS member states’ borders.

  • John Pokoo – Head of Programme
  • Afua Lamptey
  • Frank Okyere
  • Mustapha Abdallah
  • Serwaa Allotey-Pappoe